Class Syllabus

Fall 2012

 ART 410 / 20 Advanced Digital Photography M/W 9am – 11:30am

 3 Credits

 Photography L-1 Building, CL 112

 

INSTRUCTOR:

Lamia Khorshid

l.khorshid@umiami.edu

http://www.lamiakhorshid.com

 

OFFICE HOURS:

Tuesdays & Thursdays:  11:30 am– 1:00 pm

Photography L-1 Building, Faculty Office # 125

CLASS WEBSITE:

Khorshid410.wordpress.com

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

Advanced Studio Class focusing on Digital Imaging with an emphasis on craftsmanship, problem solving, and effective visual communication.  The class is designed to allow the student time and direction to follow a semester long independent project or theme. The major emphasis is on creative problem solving within the visual art field.  Further emphasis is placed on the development of the student’s ability to apply innovative thinking and contemporary techniques in executing meaningful and effective images.

SUPPLIES NEEDED:

▪   Digital SLR Camera

▪   Highly Recommended Software: Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4  (Student Discount Price available through UM Technology office, Unger Building) * I recommend you buy the software with the student discount if you have your own computers for flexibility to work from home on your projects, otherwise you will need to come into the lab regularly to work on your images, as we do have the software installed on the digital lab computers.

▪   External Hard Drive or Jump Drive, Minimum 64GB required for class projects, however check your current photo database capacity for recommended optional investment into a 120GB, 250GB, 320GB, or 500GB back up drive(s).  Remember it is better to get a larger capacity drive than you are more likely to need.

▪   16″ – 17″ x 100′ roll of Epson Paper (see paper options below, we will review in class)

ORDER RESOURCES:

▪       B&H Photo & Video http://www.bhphotovideo.com

▪       Epson http://www.epson.com

▪       Atlex http://www.atlex.com

▪       Amazon http://www.amazon.com

▪       Image Pro International (Local) www.imageprointernational.com

(305)-969-8863 x 1

▪       Some Paper Options: Premium Glossy, Premium Semi-Matte, Premium Semi-Glossy, Premium Luster, Exhibition Fiber, Velvet Fine Art, Hot Press Bright, Hot Press Natural, Cold Press Natural, Cold Press Bright, Enhanced Matte

COURSE OBJECTIVES:

 

1.  Demonstrate continued understanding of 210, 310, 311 material as taught.

2.  Demonstrate an understanding of light as a compositional factor and as it pertains to the delineation of shape, form, texture, emotion, and the placement of emphasis of meaning.

3.  Demonstrate ability in using black and white, color and digital imaging materials in solving problems of a visual nature.

4.  Demonstrate proficiency in using large format and electronic flash.

5.  Exhibit an understanding and utilization of style, influence and visual information as a means of problem solving.

6.  Demonstrate the ability to apply a technical discipline toward aesthetic needs.

7.  Demonstrate ability to organize, direct and create effective images.

8.  Create a finished portfolio.

9.  Participate in Critiques. 

 

 

ATTENDANCE POLICY:

The University o Miami has no provisions for unexcused absences. Attendance at all classes is expected. All excuses are to be submitted in writing for the instructor’s approval.

Missing more than three classes will lower your grade or be cause for failure.

 

 


HONOR CODE:

 

Students will be bound by the University of Miami Honor Code. All reports, papers, written assignments, test papers and examination papers must include a signed honor pledge that states:  On my honor, I have neither given nor received any aid on this assignment. Academic dishonesty may result in a lower grade or failing grade for the entire course.

DISABILITY:

 

Reasonable accommodations will be made for those with documented disabilities. Contact Disability Services in the Academic Development Center for an evaluation.

 

 

GRADING BREAKDOWN

 

Grading is based on the following factors: (1) Project Critiques (conceptual and technical evaluation of photographs), (2) Active Participation in Critiques & Class Discussions, (3) Preparedness during individual progress meetings, (4) Growth during the semester, and  (5) Final Project

 

 

PORTFOLIO SUBMISSION:

 

Since the focus of this class is a self-directed thematic project — your minimum requirement portfolio submission will be five prints per credit.  This means finished prints- ready for exhibition.

Final portfolio of fifteen or more prints.

 

 

COURSE OUTLINE: Sample Topics

1.     Thinking and Seeing

2.     Light

3.     Non-Photographic sources of influence

4.     Digital Imaging

5.     Contemporary Issue of Digital Imaging

 

DISABILITY:

Reasonable accommodations will be made for those with documented disabilities. Contact disability services in the Academic Development Center for evaluation.

 

HONOR CODE:

Students will be bound by the University of Miami Honor Code. All reports, papers, written assignments, test papers and examination papers submitted would abide by the honor code that states that student has neither given nor received any aid on each assignment. Academic dishonesty may result in a lower grade or failing grade for the entire course.

HOLY DAY POLICY:

The University of Miami, although a secular institution, is determined to accommodate those students who wish to observe religious holy days. Classes missed due to observances of religious holy days will count as excused absences only if you provide written notice of your intended absence(s) to me no later than the end of the first three meetings of our class. The ways in which missed tests, quizzes and other assignments can be made up after you return to class will be provided at a later date.

ATTENDANCE POLICY:

The University of Miami has no provisions for unexcused absences.  Attendance at all classes is expected.  All excuses are to be submitted in writing for the instructor’s approval.  Missing more than three classes will lower your grade or be cause for failure.

Final Exam:

Monday December 10 8am – 10:30am

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